With the growing awareness among the people to use all things natural, ‘Go Green’ has become the order of the day. With everything from fashion, electronic gadgets to interior designing and kitchen flooring you would find things that are ecofriendly. If you are looking to renovate your home kitchen, it is likely that you want to redo the flooring. Going the green route for your kitchen flooring has way more benefit than just making you feel good about the selection. One of the biggest benefits of choosing ecofriendly materials is their durability. You may have seen those vintage homes with wooden flooring that are more than a century old and yet they exude supreme class and elegance. If you are looking for sustainable flooring, here is a list of the best and the most popular flooring materials that you can consider for your home kitchen.
This is a relatively new material that is used for flooring. If you are wondering what exactly is cork? It is the same thing that is used to seal the bottle of your favorite wine. The cork is a harvested wood that is extracted from the barks of the Oak tree. The Cork tree is an excellent choice of kitchen flooring material as it has anti-microbial properties that reduces the allergen inside your home. Not to mention, it is fire resistant and also works as a great natural insect repellent. Cork Wood floorings can be finished with any paint shade of your choice to suit the overall home décor theme or the color scheme of your kitchen. These floors can last up to 20 – 30 years with minimal maintenance.
This is another natural material that is fast gaining popularity among the homeowners as a kitchen flooring option. Bamboo is actually a grass and it has all the characteristics of hardwood floors. Several modern interior designers suggest bamboo floorings because it is easy to install, requires minimal maintenance, offers amazing durability and is quite affordable. Since the Bamboo floors are made from natural vegetation it is an ideal renewable source. The bamboo floorings are available in a wide range of colors that would suit all kinds of décor.
Have you ever wondered what happens to those wine and beer bottles that are sent to the recyclers? They are made into beautiful glass tiles. This renewable flooring material is becoming a favorite material among many homeowners for bathroom and kitchen floors. The biggest benefits of glass tile floor is that it doesn’t get affected by the outside weather; it is non absorptive and it is resistant to damp and dew. Another significant benefit of glass tile flooring is that it reflects light, which adds another layer of light and brightness to your kitchen.
Carpets has been a long favorite flooring material and it has been around since the time of the Kings. The modern day carpets are available in a limitless varieties of colors and styles. The biggest benefit though of carpets is that they are easy to lay and offer a smooth surface to walk on. The woolen carpets are made of natural resources and are spun and dyed in different colors. These carpets are known to last for more a couple of decades. In several families the woolen rugs have been passed from generation to generation.
Linoleum is an all-natural flooring material that is made of cork dust, wood flour, ground limestone and linseed oil, all of which is pressed onto jute backing. Linoleum flooring has been around for a long time but it eventually fall out of place due to advent of the vinyl flooring. But unlike vinyl linoleum is completely natural and an ecofriendly materials. Best thing is it is easy to clean and it offers amazing durability.